Subject: Re: /etc/inittab (was: /etc/default)
To: None <greywolf@tomcat.VAS.viewlogic.com, email@example.com>
From: Captech) <greywolf@tomcat.VAS.viewlogic.com (James Graham>
Date: 07/28/1995 10:51:51
#: When I hit ^D, I want to *walk away* and not have to look back.
Greg Woods said:
#: Well, now you know you've got to wait a moment and be a bit more patient.
That's not acceptable to me. I expect a certain behaviour from a system
-- *especially* a BSD system! Never mind that I can write the appropriate
traps into the /.profile; my point is that I shouldn't have to do that.
If I want SysV, I'll go get it from my local distributor and reduce my
(soon-to-be-purchased) x86 box to the second-lowest common denominator.
I may have said this already, so I'll apologise if I repeat myself:
SysV did exactly four things right: touch, date, swap, and echo.
Touch and date have since been adapted, and printf replaces most of the
functionality of echo (though I believe echo is still a csh/sh builtin
as opposed to a called program). Most notably, it was nice to be able
to put octal/hex/C escapes into an echo statement and have it work.
Swap never made it. I would *love* to see swap replace swapon since
you could then de-allocate swap space, wait for it to drain and change
the swap partition into a filesystem (I have occasionally had the need
to do this, however demented it may sound!).
P.S. If you need to reply to this, change the subject to something
meaningful as I think this message, though it started on track, has
branched to something far afield from what the Subject: line indicates.